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New Report Highlights Obama Administration's Robust Stance on Immigration Enforcement

A new report released by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) - "Immigration Enforcement in the United States: The Rise of a Formidable Machinery"- reveals that the Obama administration has spent more on immigration enforcement in fiscal year 2012 than on all other federal criminal law enforcement combined, with an estimated $18 billion in expenditures.

According to the report, the resources allocated toward immigration enforcement programs in the U.S. surpassed the combined budgets of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Secret Service by approximately $3.6 billion. In addition to a record number of deportations - 409,849 people in fiscal year 2012 compared to 188,467 people in 2000 - the Obama administration has made immigration a top enforcement priority, with referrals for prosecution by federal government agencies outnumbering referrals by the U.S. Department of Justice and its agencies.

Importantly, the Obama administration has also refocused enforcement to prioritize the removal of foreign nationals with criminal records while implementing new programs to assist undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and ease family separations for the undocumented immigrant spouses of U.S. citizens.

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Laura Foote Reiff, Greenberg Traurig, business immigration lawyer, foreign company legal counsel, immigrant compliance attorney, targeted employment law
Northern Virginia Co-Managing Shareholder; Co-Chair, Business Immigration & Compliance Practice; Co-Chair, Global Human Capital Solutions

Laura Foote Reiff focuses her practice on business immigration laws and regulations affecting U.S. and foreign companies, as well as related employment compliance and legislative issues.

Laura advises corporations on a variety of compliance-related issues, particularly related to Form I-9 alien employment verification matters. Laura has been involved in audits and internal investigations and has successfully minimized monetary exposure as well as civil and criminal liabilities on behalf of her clients. She develops immigration compliance...

Nataliya Binshteyn Dominguez, global Immigration Attorney, Greenberg Traurig, employment-based immigrant counsel, compliance audit lawyer, corporate restructuring law

Nataliya Binshteyn Dominguez focuses her practice on global business immigration matters. She advises corporate and individual clients in a variety of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant cases. She advises corporations on Form I-9 and E-Verify employment verification matters, including compliance audits, due diligence for corporate restructuring, and immigration-related defense in connection with worksite enforcement investigations. Nataliya also conducts Form I-9 and E-Verify trainings and frequently authors articles regarding immigration compliance issues. She also represents political asylum applicants in immigration proceedings.

Professional & Community Involvement:

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association